If you can read this in English, thank a veteran."
From Honor Flight
I found this on the Military.com website:
"The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated by law. An honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. When available taps will be played by a bugler, however there are so few buglers available that the military services may choose to provide an electronic recording of taps. The veteran's parent Service representative will present the flag."
In addition, while Dad was in hospice, they also had a short service they did for veterans. A hospice representative for the Armed Forces did a short presentation to Dad with all of us by his side. I'm not sure he was awake for much of it, but just the short recognition and the flag they pinned on his collar meant a lot to us and to him.
The flag given to us by the Honor Guard is in a flag case and proudly sits on top of a book case in my office along with Dad's Veteran baseball hat. The certificate came much later and will probably wind up in a frame some place close by.
I'm not sure you're all aware of Military Funeral Honors. To find out more just click the image of the Honor Guard folding the flag.